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Volume 19, Number 4, December 2007

Intraoral Reconstruction of the Soft Palate following Tumour Resection using a Mucoperiosteal Flap Supplied by the Greater Palatine Vessels

Daichi Chikazu, Yoshiyuki Mori, Hideto Saijo, Yoshimichi Hasegawa, Hisako Fujihara, Hideyuki Suenaga, Edward Cheng-Chuan Ko, Yoshiyuki Yonehara, Tsuyoshi Takato
Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry and Orthodontics, The University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract 
The reconstruction of the soft palate following resection of a tumour remains a challenge to this day. We recently reconstructed the soft palate by a procedure using the palatal mucoperiosteal flap, with blood supply from the greater palatine vessels. This operative procedure is simple, easy to perform and minimally invasive, and has been used on 2 patients with satisfactory results and good postoperative function.

Key words: Mouth neoplasms, Oral surgical procedures, Palate, Reconstructive surgical procedures

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2007;19:203-206.
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